June 20-22, 2008
Colonel Henry Bouquet at Fort Loudoun:
On June 14-16, 1758, Colonel Henry Bouquet, second in command of a British and Colonial military expedition under General John Forbes, met at Fort Loudoun with representatives of the Cherokee and Catawba Nations to seek their assistance in the ongoing war with the French. After two days of negotiations, the tribal representatives agreed to ally themselves with the British, providing, at least for a time, much needed assistance to counter the threat from other tribes assisting the French.
This event at Fort Loudoun was a milestone during the campaign of General John Forbes, whose army built a military road as it advanced westward across the Pennsylvania wilderness - a road that came to be known ever after as "The Forbes Road." When Forbes' army reached the Forks of the Ohio on November 25, 1758, the French retreated in haste and destroyed Fort Duquesne, marking a critical turning point in the French and Indian War. General Forbes renamed the site "Pittsburgh" in honor of British Prime Minister William Pitt - and a future city was born.
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Forbes Campaign, and the Forbes Road, the Conococheague Institute and the Fort Loudoun Historical Society are sponsoring an event on June 20-22, 2008 entitled "Colonel Henry Bouquet at Fort Loudoun: The Cherokee Council of 1758." The weekend of events will be held on both the campus of the Conococheague Institute on Bain Road in Welsh Run and the Fort Loudoun State Historic Site on Rt. 30, the Forbes Road.
Friday morning June 20th at Conococheague Institute:
Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22nd, at Fort Loudoun
Fort Loudoun will host British, colonial, French and Native American living history units that will do a series of public programs both days as well as re-enact a portion of the Cherokee Council both afternoons. Events will kick off at 9 AM on the 21st and continue until 8 PM that evening, and resume on Sunday June 22 from 11 AM-5 P.M. Both days will feature keynote speakers, book signings, music, 18th century military tactical programs, colonial vendors, and more. Keynote speakers will include:
These programs and more will be a part of this educational and festive weekend, which promises to be one of the largest of its kind ever held in central Pennsylvania.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Walter Powell, Executive Director, The Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania 17236 at (717) 328-2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Rotz, President, Fort Loudoun Historical Society, P.O. Box 181, Fort Loudoun, Pa. 17224 Telephone: (717) 369-3318
Click here for an Article on George Washington and Gen. Forbes's Campaign
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